It has been revealed on the official Walt Disney World app, My Disney Experience, that online check-in will now be required for all Disney World vacations.
An Inside the Magic reader sent in this screenshot of the My Disney Experience app showing her upcoming vacation at Disney’s Pop Century Resort for June 13 through 16, 2020. The Disney World app says, “Now Required: Complete Online Check-in, then go direct to room on arrival.”
Screenshots posted to Twitter today show that on the My Disney Experience app for a reservation also at Disney’s Pop Century Resort from July 12 through 17, 2020, online check-in is now a requirement.
looks like online checkin will be required whenever WDW reopens? pic.twitter.com/C4bTNFQsOA
— Furloughed Dragon (@DisneyDragon) April 25, 2020
Two members of the Inside the Magic team currently have vacations booked at Disney resort hotels at the end of May and the end of June. However, at the time of this article’s publication, online-check in was not listed as a requirement for their vacations whatsoever, and it was not even displaying on their app. We are assuming that this means Disney is slowly rolling out this update and soon all upcoming vacations will show that guests must utilize online check-in.
So what does this mean, and why is Disney World doing this? Well, the meeting of the Florida task force to reopen the economy shed some light on tourism and the changes that will be required once hotels start to open in the future. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his task force recommend for hotels and resorts to utilize a contactless, online check-in and check-out process in order to adhere to social distancing and limit guests congregating in the lobbies or waiting areas of hotels and resorts.
Since Disney already offered the option for online check-in, it is no surprise that they are able to easily incorporate this as a requirement. Before the Disney Parks closed, guests staying on property at Walt Disney World Resort already had the option to use online check-in and skip the in-person process altogether. This allows a guest to be assigned a room number, be notified when their room is ready, and head straight to their room and start their Disney World trip as soon as possible, all without visiting the lobby or front desk.
We are excited to hear more from Disney regarding this change, and we will continue to update Inside the Magic as more information becomes available. For now, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy.